Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pratt Changes Leadership at Commercial, Military Divisions

Pratt & Whitney has named new heads of both its commercial and military businesses as the company addresses a delivery backlog tied to persistent production problems involving its PW1000G Geared Turbofan airliner engine.

On the commercial side, the company appointed Christopher Calio to replace Greg Gernhardt effective February 1. Gernhardt became president of the division in 2014 and will continue to work for the company in another capacity.

Calio last served as chief of staff for United Technologies chairman and CEO Greg Hayes. He led the commercial engines division’s legal department during development and launch of the Airbus A320neo, which suffered delivery delays first due to the PW1100G’s extended restart intervals and later to defects found in the geared turbofans’ aluminum-titanium fan blades.

Pratt also credits Calio for helping lead the company’s acquisition of Rolls-Royce’s program share in the IAE collaboration. Elsewhere in the organization, he served in leadership roles at Otis and UTC Aerospace Systems.

Meanwhile, the change in the military division’s leadership will see Matthew Bromberg succeed Bennett Croswell as president upon his retirement this May. Bromberg, who most recently served as president of the company’s commercial engines aftermarket business, joins Pratt & Whitney Military Engines as senior vice president on February 1 “to ensure a smooth transition,” said Pratt.

Bromberg joined Pratt parent company United Technologies in 2002 and served a variety of leadership roles at Pratt & Whitney, the UTC corporate office and UTC Aerospace systems.

(Gregory Polek - AINOnline News)

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